Weight tape not appropriate for determining horse weight in your situation? Need a better estimate of your horse’s weight? Then let’s take a look at...
Taking measurements and using math...
This method takes a little more time and talent than using a weight tape (after all, we’re using math and have to dig out a soft tape measure that has inches on it!) but it will give you a better estimate of your horse’s weight.
Since I’m fairly lazy (and can never find my soft tape measure!), I use this method only when a weight tape is not appropriate, like the following situations:
...but if you are really ambitious you can use it every time you need a horse weight.
OK, here's how we do it:
**Don’t remember where the horse’s point of shoulder or point of croup are?
The point of shoulder is roughly where the PURPLE arrow in this picture is pointing -- you should be able to feel a pointy bone there.
The point of croup is approximately where the BLUE arrow is pointing.
Now, take your measurements and do the following math to them:
Confused? Here’s an example:
I measured my (imaginary) horse correctly and got the following measurements:
Hearthgirth = 75”
Length = 70”
So, my horse weighs approximately 1360 lbs...this method will get you within 3% of the correct body weight (again, depending on his exact build and the accuracy of your measurements), so for this horse, I’d be very confident saying he weighs somewhere between 1322 and 1402 lbs, with 1362 being my best estimate.
And that is all there is to measuring horse weight using measurements and math!
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